There’s something special about the relationship between fathers and their daughters.
But occasionally you can take such relationships for granted and not realise it until it’s pointed out to you.
David Rosenman revealed how he was reminded about what is important when he and his nine-year-old daughter headed out for their regular coffee shop trip.
He explained on Facebook how she usually does her own thing while he catches up on the news and emails.
Except one day, she made a request, asking him: “Daddy, can you not read the paper or doodle or check email today? Can we just be together?” (Hearts melted.)
And that’s just what they did.
David explained: “So today, we were together. She showed me her yarn project. I recalled the day she was born. We compared notes about whether or not couples at other tables were on ‘dates’ (she likes to impersonate people on dates — resting her smiling face on her hand and practicing a starry-eyed stare). She told me about her friends and their hamsters.
“I watched her chew her breakfast sandwich and melted a little bit as I thought about how much I love her. I wished it hadn’t taken her past experience and her courageous reaching out for me to give her the attention she so wanted and needed.”
As if that wasn’t enough of a reward, it was noticed by a complete stranger. He shared their note along with his Facebook post.
Dear Fellow Human Beings,This morning, at her request, I took our 9-year-old daughter to a coffee shop. She brought…
He wrote: “This anonymous message was enough of a reinforcement for me, that I hope more people might be guided by its power and by its author’s thoughtfulness.
“Please don’t wait for your child or other loved one to plead for your attention like mine did — he or she might not. Expect that no one will leave a note for you — such beauty in this world is far too rare.
“I invite you to share the gift of this experience with me: choose to be present today — even for just a little while — for someone you love. If you see it happen somewhere, consider leaving a note — it sure does leave an impression.”
And on that note, we’re going to make sure to spend some time with the ones we love this evening.